The Japanese government will allocate about three million dollars to the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine (NSTU). This was reported by the “Interfax-Ukraine”, referring to the Minister of Information Policy Yuriy Stets.
The financial assistance of USD 3 million resulted from tireless efforts during the year. Consequently, the TV channel UA:Pershyi will receive USD 1.3 million in terms of technical assistance, allowing the channel to switch to the high-definition (HD) broadcasting, and USD 1.7 million will be spent in terms of expert assistance.
The project provides for 2.5-year cooperation. During this time, Japan will share its experience in TV broadcasting of its public broadcaster NHK International, as well as will hold trainings for Ukrainian specialists in the Land of the Rising Sun.
“The technical component of the project provides for a contract to build an operating center to control four studios, and the expert one involves 10 experts who will live and work in Ukraine during the entire project implementation period, conducting trainings for the staff and advising the NSTU’s management”, as specified by the Chairman of the Board of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania.
Thus, the NSTU anticipates starting broadcasts in an aspect ratio of 16:9 within a year, and later in the HD format.